It's not just Kickstarter anymore. Here's a road map.
Crowdfunding used to be pretty simple. Artists, inventors, and filmmakers posted their ideas, and funders chipped in a few bucks to make something happen. Kickstarter, the site that triggered the crowdfunding movement, was the cornerstone. In three years, the site has helped launch more than 95,000 projects.
Today, there are scores of crowdfunding sites. Indiegogo, Bolstr, Fundable--the list goes on. With the SEC poised to allow projects to offer equity, crowdfunding has the potential to revolutionize how entrepreneurs raise money. (For now, you have to offer some kind of reward in exchange for donations.)
But all sites are not created equal. Some specialize in nonprofits, or in certain types of products; others offer consulting services in addition to sourcing funding. In an increasingly crowded and complicated marketplace, where should you turn to fund your endeavor? Follow our map.
This is something to watch for sure. The health sector is a very capital intensive industry and this new tool will allow health start-ups the opportunity to showcase their products/services to larger base of investors.
Real Estate with a Cause: Identifying Investments that Serve a Triple Bottom Line by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School.
Jacob Maddox's insight:
Real estate that is built or readapted with sustainable methodologies and materials has been and always will be the only way to do it. I have consistently told my clients that being sustainable is not just the materials you use but the harmony and value they create for themselves and the communtiy.
Mr. Lawrence's statement, "building green is not about bamboo floors and bicycle racks. It is about improving the bottom line by driving down expenses. It's also about learning how to be a better steward of the resources we have on the planet and how to build better in the first place. This is nothing more than old-fashioned asset management, instead of financial engineering, as a way to increase profits" is spot on.
My firm had always apporached our clients and our investements with this mentality. The old fashion way of asset management combined with the creative use of sustainable best practices and materials with financial markets.
It is the ability to look long-term and plan actions that creates value throughout the whole process of real esate.
When deciding whether to let their money ride on Washington, DC, or Baltimore, MD, Home Properties is going with Baltimore. When deciding whether job growth will be stronger in larger or smaller markets, Mid-America Apartment...
From rooftop gardens to water bottle-filling stations, this university boasts many green initiatives.
Jacob Maddox's insight:
Love seeing this! So glad that the students are stepping up to the ball field and making the changes that they deem important happen. Just like the old saying if you want something done better do it yourself! Lol.
I co-founded a non-profit in Austin, Texas that focused on implementation and governmental policies that would help enable ecosystems infrastructure programs such as green roofs, rain gardens, green walls, etc. back in 2007-2009. It was a lovely endeavor and the fruits and our labor helped stem a green roof task force and the 5 year action plan that Austin is implementing today.
The island of Maui is considering the formation of a municipal utility or nonprofit...
Jacob Maddox's insight:
I am very interested in this for a couple reasons yet also see a myriad of obstacles in which the County of Maui will face.
One of these obstacles is that they will face a competior in which has been established for over 125 years in the tri-isle communtiy, provides numerous jobs and has had no competion. Second this competior MECO is the subsidiary of Hawaii Electric Industries a publicly traded corporation which has a major controlling interest in American Saving Bank, a bank with over $6B in assets. Indeeed it will be a major up-hill battle with an entreched giant.
It was bound to happen, sooner or later. China is bankrolling two major housing developments in San Francisco. A total 20,500 new homes are planned. The loan is for $1.7 billion. The borrower is Miami, FL-based Lennar Corp.
Norway has just brought an early Christmas Holiday present to American institutional owners of large Class A office complexes and other conservative property assets in major cities and developed malls.
Tesla (TSLA) had a rough 3rd quarter. But those troubles seem to be behind and it appears that not only did Mr. Musk and his team at Tesla design a spectacularly good car, they have figured out how to make them.
Sustainability in architecture isn't just about new construction. The preservation and reuse of existing buildings will play an increasingly imortant role, too.
A 2005 Brookings Institution report predicted that by 2030, half of the buildings in the U.S. will have been constructed after 2000. Think of it: The volume of construction in the first few decades of this century will match the entire remains of the previous two centuries. For green building advocates, this revelation highlights the urgent need to improve the quality of new construction. But what of the old?